Blame it on Al Gore. When An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, Kathy Washienko, MPH '93, got so fired up she bought 200 tickets to give to people who might not otherwise see the film.
Historically, academic medical centers and private hospitals don't get along very well. So when the Nebraska Health System decided in 1997 to merge two hospitals--the (academic) University of Nebraska Hospital and the (private) Clarkston Regional Medical Center--it was a gamble.
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